The promotion of student agency is an important part of our school core values. In Coláiste Iósaef our students are given the opportunity to engage in school leadership through the Student Council and the House System.
In CIK we encourage the student voice to play an active role in many of the day to day issues that arise in the school. On the most basic level the student voice is engaged in the classroom in discussing the topics they are learning. This voice provides the teacher with an insight into how students are progressing and also provides for an active and engaging classroom.
Outside of the classroom the student voice is encouraged ‘to have a say’ and an input in to issues that affect them as integral members of the CIK community. The student council play an essential role in this. These students are elected by their classmates and nominated by their teachers to represent the student body. On behalf of the student body, they voice their opinions, issues and concerns to teachers and school management. This dialogue empowers the students allowing them to truly have a voice informing the direction of the development of their educational environment.
In recent years, students have been consulted on and have had input in to such things as changes to the school uniform, raising money for charity, canteen food options, guest speakers, the school anti-bullying policies, teacher feedback and many more.
A Student Council is a representative structure through which students in a post-primary school can become involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with school management and staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students.
In Coláiste Iósaef, we are fortunate to have a very active and involved Student Council. The main role of our Student Council is “to promote the interests of the college and the involvement of students in the affairs of the college, in co-operation with the board, parents and teachers”.
Student Council Structure
- Head Boy/Head Girl (x2)
- Secretary (x1)
- Treasurer (x1)
- PRO (x1)
- Teaching & Learning Reps (x2 – JC & SC)
- Equality & Inclusion Reps (x2 – JC & SC)
- Anti-Bullying Reps (x2 – JC & SC)
- Wellbeing Reps (x2 – JC & SC)
- Events Organisation (x2 – JC & SC)
- House System (x4 – JC & SC)
- Global Citizenship (x2 – JC & SC)
Our Student Council Aims:
- To promote an environment conducive to educational and personal development
- To promote friendship and respect among pupils
- To support the management and staff in the development of the school
- To represent the views of the students on matters of general concern to them
Head Boy and Head Girl
These are the most significant student positions in the school and the choice of candidates reflects the high regard that they are held in by members of the school community.
The Head Boy and Head Girl represent not just the students, but the whole school community and must be capable of fulfilling a variety of roles and responsibilities from the everyday routine to meeting visiting dignitaries and public speaking at school events. The names of the Head Boy and Head Girl will be engraved in a Roll of Honour in the school.